While most other Premier League clubs are involved in speculations and transfer rumors, Everton have already made Ajax’s captain Davy Klaassen their second major signing this summer in a £23.6 million deal. The transfer has been officially completed just 24 hours after the Toffees announced Jordan Pickford as their new goalkeeper.
“He’s a player who is only 24 but has a lot of experience and is a leader on the pitch. He has already captained Ajax for two seasons and that shows you the type of person he is”, said Ronald Koeman about Klaassen adding that he is hardworking player who enjoys pressing. The Dutch manager expects Klaassen to give Everton’s midfield more creativity and to score goals.
Klaassen himself said that, before making his decision to move to Everton, he wanted to come to Liverpool, to see the club and the facilities, and to meet Everton’s executives. The Dutch midfielder explained that he needed to “check if this was the right club for me and since I came here I feel so happy”. He added that he felt that Everton is “a great club” and that after he met Koeman face to face and spoke to him he got a good feeling.
“I talked to him about the club and everything we want to achieve and he was really positive. It’s difficult to leave Ajax but I think this is a good step for me now and I’m really looking forward to my time here”, said Klaassen.
Koeman has made it clear that he wants to improve Everton’s attack by signing at least one forward and few offensive midfielders, even without considering Romelu Lukaku’s stay or possible departure. Lukaku said he is leaving Everton, with Stamford Bridge the most likely destination fro the Beligian striker. However, it is unclear whether Chelsea or any other team would be willing to pay a transfer fee that lies anywhere between £80 million and 100 million.
Davy Klaassen is expected to add himself to the scoresheet at Googdison Park next season. He has netted 14 league goals for Ajax in 2016/2017. The club finished second to Feyenoord in the Netherland’s Eredivisie and played at the Europa League final.
M’Baye Niang, Michael Keane, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Sandro Ramirez?
A number of media outlets with Liverpool Echo, Telegraph, Express and talkSport, among them reported that Everton are close to sign AC Milan’s striker M’Baye Niang. The football writer and journalist Emanuele Giulianelli posted a Twitter message saying that Everton will sign Niang, who is set to pass medical on Saturday, June 17.
It is also believed that the club is leading the race for the signature of the Burnley’s defender Michael Keane.
Everton has already started to benefit from the reputation Ronald Koeman has built through the years in the world football. Koeman is not just a skillful coach, he also enjoys a deserved reputation of one the the biggest defensive players of all times. The ambitious Dutchman wants to compete for the Premier League’s top for and to bring Everton to the Champions League.
His is awaiting on Malaga’s striker Sandro Ramirez to decide whether he will leave Andalusian club for Merseyside. The Guardian reported that Ramirez has already spoken to Everton on his transfer. Everton have been also connected to Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson. See more in the article “Who would help Everton to succeed at home and in Europe?“.